View across Dieksee, Malente, Germany, 1945

JANUARY 1945 – View across the frozen Dieksee and snow-covered surroundings of Malente-Gremsmühlen in Germany. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

My grandparents had moved to their new intermediate home in Malente-Gremsmühlen in autumn 1944 to get the kids out of the danger zone in Kiel. Autumn was uneventful, but the winter 1944/45 was very cold in Northern Germany. The area around Malente was covered with snow, and the nearby Dieksee was frozen. This is a view from the upper end of the Forstweg on a clear morning in January 1945.

While the print looks sharp, it is tiny which prevents a decent enlargement. What’s more, I cropped away a large protion of the sky to get the image into a modern 4:3 aspect ratio. This further reduces the effective pixels. Still, it is interesting to see this area dipped into all white, something that does not happen that often today.

The high resolution image

Capture DateJanuary 1944
LocationMalente-Gremsmühlen, Germany
Image Source6 x 6 cm Print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions2502 x 1877 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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